DEI

Certificate Program available to create more inclusive workplaces

  |   Continuing Education, DEI

A new certificate program on AVMA Axon empowers veterinary professionals to turn our workplaces into safe, healthy, inclusive environments where individual differences aren’t just tolerated but recognized and valued. The Brave Space Certificate Program is a self-paced, interactive course on AVMA Axon offering up to 7 continuing education (CE) credits. Brave Space helps veterinary professionals gain a deeper understanding of those around us—from team members to clients, patients, and the communities we serve. As healthcare professionals, we must be able to meet the needs of...

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AAPI Heritage Month – featuring Dr. Irene Yen

  |   DEI

The WSVMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee from time to time will highlight diverse members of the Association. In honor of AAPI heritage month, we’re featuring a member of the committee, Dr. Irene Yen, a relief veterinarian and 2017 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Yen reflects on her journey: "I’m another California transplant in Washington, but my family is part of the Chinese diaspora. My grandparents immigrated from China to Taiwan during the cultural revolution and my parents...

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DEI Spotlight: Reaching out to make a difference

  |   DEI

Diversity and inclusion is something that veterinary medicine as a profession needs to work for. I have been an LVT for 13 years and in the profession for almost 20 years. I have watched this profession grow, evolve, and change in so many ways during this time. I never realized that I could be perceived as different. As an Army brat, I grew up in many different locations. Some were melting pots of different ethnicities and some were not. I...

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WSVMA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee gets to work

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) Board of Directors identified diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an area for growth and added it to their strategic plan three years ago. More recently, in order to maintain momentum in this area, a standing committee was formed to take this work on and move it forward. Committee members come from across the state and diverse types of practice, and we wish to introduce ourselves and outline what to expect from us moving forward. Our members include: ...

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WSVMA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee call for volunteers

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

There’s no doubt that the past year’s events have brought a much needed focus into making the veterinary profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive. The WSVMA Board of Directors was the first state veterinary medical association to support the WakeUpVetMed initiative and has made diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a strategic objective since 2018. The Board has also approved a new standing committee with the following objectives: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is embedded in WSVMA’s organizational culture, systems and...

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WSVMA Board votes to support WakeUpVetMed initiative

  |   DEI, Practice Management, WSVMA News

At their Sept. 12 meeting, the WSVMA Board of Directors approved support for the WakeUpVetMed Initiative introduced earlier in the year to the AVMA. The WSVMA is the first state veterinary medical association to approve support for the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative. Dr. Marie Sato Quicksall, president-elect of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA) from Bainbridge Island, attended the meeting by invitation to speak about efforts by the MCVMA and nine other key organizations to improve DEI in...

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